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Paste Magazine

From the Web Site:

About the Magazine

Paste magazine is a monthly publication focusing on music, film, books and other forms arts and entertainment. We focus on a variety of musical genres—-rock, singer/songwriters, alt.country, Americana, indie rock, world music, electronica and whatever else we think will grab music-lovers seeking something a little deeper. Paste strives to cover the best music in this eclectic mix, devoting space to independent musicians alongside more established artists. The tagline, “Signs of Life in Music, Film and Culture,” refers to the depth and meaning we feel the best art is capable of conveying….Our film coverage has included features on filmmakers Wes Anderson, Gus Van Sant, Jim Jarmusch and Cameron Crowe. The magazine also delves into other areas such as film, books, visual arts and cultural commentary. One of the best opportunities for writers is to come up with article ideas we wouldn’t have thought of—-like the article we published on a radio station in Louisiana run by prison inmates or the trash-dump art series in San Francisco.

Paste magazine can be found most every Barnes & Noble and Borders, along with independent book and record stores, airports and newsstands. We print approximately 250,000 copies of each issue, and each comes bundled with a compilation CD (featuring many of the above artists) and, for gold subscribers, a DVD sampler with music videos and short films.

Solicitations & Assignments:
Paste Magazine welcomes unsolicited articles from anyone who believes the piece is appropriate for Paste and its readers. (Hint: Best way to figure out what is appropriate is to read the magazine.)

Queries soliciting approval of an idea may be submitted. Queries should include proposed subject, length, applicability and writer samples.

Pays on Publication

Bee Culture

From the Web Site:

Bee Culture is the magazine of American Beekeeping. We cover beekeeping – its history, how-to, equipment used, and even the humorous side of this craft. But there’s so much more to the world we touch – pollination, honey plants, gardening with bees, wildlife and woodland plantings, and all the creatures that bees affect and interact with.

There’s a serious side too – pesticides, politics, imports, marketing, pests and predators. All are examined, investigated, explored and explained.
Bee Culture has a constant demand for articles on bees and beekeeping, pollination and honey plants, garden and forest management for bees, and a wide variety of related topics. Averaging 64 pages/monthly issue, we generally run six to nine regular articles, all averaging 800-2000 words.

Pays $150-$200 on publication.

Pseudopod

From the Web Site:

Pseudopod is always looking for quality fiction to feed our listeners. If you’re a writer with a short horror story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our talented performers, we’d like to see it. Probably.

What We Want

Pseudopod is a genre magazine in audio form. We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction. We don’t split hairs about genre definitions, and we do not observe any taboos about what kind of content can appear in our stories. Originality demands that you’re better off avoiding vampires, zombies, and other recognizable horror tropes unless you have put a very unique spin on them. What matters most is that the stories are dark and compelling.

Since we’re an audio magazine, our audience can’t skim past the boring parts, so stories with beautiful language at the expense of plot don’t translate well. We’re looking for fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. It can be beautiful too, if you’ve got all those other bases covered.

Dark humor is just fine, and we run it on occasion; but we are more interested in tragedy than comedy, and comedy is better received the more sick and morbid it is. Above all, we want stories that make us think, that stick with us, that make us catch ourselves checking the locks a second time before bed.

Pay varies depending on the type of fiction submitted.

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